Home Décor: Painted Christmas Wooden Spoons
This project ticks all of the boxes! With most of your supplies available at the local dollar store, you can make this pretty little arrangement while saving time and money for your next project!
Painted Christmas Wooden Spoons
- Digital Products
- Painting the Spoons
- Cricut Design Space
- Cutting & Weeding
- Vinyl Application
- Digital product: Christmas Sayings Bundle
- Decorative vase (dollar store)
- Wooden spoons (2 sets – dollar store)
- Acrylic, chalk, and/or glitter paints (dollar store)
- Paintbrushes (dollar store)
- Air-dry clay or styrofoam blocks
- Twine, string, or ribbon (optional) (dollar store)
- Cricut cutting machine
- Weeding tools
- Transfer tape
- Permanent vinyl (I used Oracal 651)
If you haven’t checked out Creative Fabrica yet, you are really missing out on some fantastic unique designs and graphics!
Not only do they offer thousands of graphics, SVG’s, and designs, but they also have this Christmas Sayings Bundle that is absolutely perfect for this project! Because the area in which you will be putting the decals is fairly small, you definitely want to stick with something simple and these quotes fit the bill! The fonts are pretty and festive, yet simple in their design…perfect!
Painting the Spoons
To begin this project, gather up your selection of paints and supplies. The type of paint really is up to you, but I’ve found that acrylic and chalk paints offer the best coverage. I also used some glitter paint as an overlay on the base to add a little extra sparkle – because what’s Christmas without sparkle? ✨
To create the same color scheme that I did, paint one of the tallest spoons with metallic silver acrylic paint, and the other with gold. Use white or off-white chalk or acrylic paint on all of the other spoons. Allow them to dry.
- 👉 Tool Tip: Drying wooden spoons can be tricky, so I created a small drying rack from air dry clay! Simply roll out a fair-sized ball of clay to form a tube-like shape, then stick the spoons in the base! Easy peasy!
Next, after all of your spoons are dry, bring out some glitter paint and paint two of the white spoons with a red glitter overlay, silver glitter paint on the silver spoon, and gold glitter paint on the gold spoon. So you are left with two white spoons, two white/red glitter spoons, and one silver and one gold.
Feel free to change up any of the colors as you see fit (or with what you have on hand) – you can have a lot of fun using different glitters with this part!
Once you are finished painting your spoons, allow them to fully dry.
Cricut Design Space
Open up Design Space and on a clean canvas, upload your favorite quotes from the Christmas Sayings Bundle that you previously downloaded from Creative Fabrica. For my spoons, I chose to use:
- Merry & Bright
- Winter Wonderland
- Joy to the World
- Merry Christmas
- Silent Night
- Let it Snow
Reduce their sizes to something workable for your screen, then insert a circle from the Shapes Library.
Next, grab your tape measure or ruler and take the measurements of the area on the spoon for which you will be applying the vinyl. For example, the size of the area for my spoons is 1.5” wide by 2” in length.
If you only want to apply the quotes to the stem of the spoon, or the back of the spoon, you would measure those areas instead.
Now just resize each quote to fit within your shape. If you are applying the vinyl to the curved side as I did, you will want to keep the curve of the sides in mind as that area can be a little trickier to transfer.
With everything sized accordingly, delete the template. Organize the quotes on your canvas, select all, then attach.
You are now ready for cutting!
Cutting & Weeding
Click on that Make It button and send your designs to cut. Choose the material setting that reflects the type of vinyl that you are using – however, keep in mind that you will be cutting small letters. I highly recommend using permanent vinyl on the “Washi Sheet” setting. This almost always results in a flawless cut on those tiny details.
Place the vinyl on your mat and cut!
Weed as per your usual techniques, but if you are having trouble with the standard method of weeding, you might want to consider using the “reverse” weeding technique. Makers Gonna Learn has put out a fantastic video tutorial on this method if you are a beginner.
Once done, apply your transfer tape and head over to your crafting table!
Take one of your decals and center it as best you can onto the wooden spoon. Starting from the middle of the decal and moving outwards, with your thumb or finger, gently press the decal into place. After ensuring that the vinyl is smooth, with little to no air pockets, burnish with your squeegee and carefully lift off the transfer tape.
If you find that the decal is lifting in some areas, simply replace the transfer tape and burnish again. Wood can be a very tricky surface to apply vinyl, so you might need to practice some patience. 😉
Once the decal has been applied, repeat the same process for all of your spoons.
At this point, if you wish, you can tie a ribbon or string around the spoons for an extra decorative touch, but I personally love the minimalistic look of them without any added embellishments.
To secure the spoons into position inside the vase, grab a small chunk of air-dry clay and form a ball. Slightly flatten the ball and place it at the bottom of your vase. You now have a base to stick the spoons into!
One by one, add your spoons in a decorative placement and marvel at the newest addition to your holiday decor! You can even toss in some faux snow to cover up the clay!
Keep on Crafting! 💖🎄🎁